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I know it's been awhile since I've posted here for “Jack’s Corner”. So here I am, ready to go with a new installment.
I want to talk about my recent reading. I do a lot every day especially that now I practice only one hour, two hours tops, daily. Why, you may ask? Well, for one thing, I feel like I don't need to as much anymore and, besides, I spend much of the time working on my own songs, such as my compositions "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs Without Words". There are twenty-four in each set and each one written in each key; C Major/C Minor, D flat Major/C# minor etc. continuing chromatically and finishing on B Major/B Minor. I have set them for piano, of course, and voiced or arranged them specifically to enhance the harmonic innovations and melodic inventions contained therein.
Woody Herman's story in this over 650-page tome, is full of historical and anecdotal material that is fascinating reading, especially for a guy like me, since I grew up as a teenager during the Big Band era of the 1940s, ending roughly around the mid- fifties. This was a time when Woody was a household name to the American public, and a period when jazz was the popular music of the day! I sort of relive each page of the book vicariously. It was also the time when Herman toured the USA and Europe for almost fifty weeks every year during the same period. I recommend this edition without hesitation to all of you whether you're interested in Woody's career or not; it's just damn good writing by Gene Lees.
Before the Woody book I read Richard Wright’s essays and short stories and even his discussions with Albert Murray. I have on top of my "to read list", Ralph Ellison’s famous and only novel, "THE INVISIBLE MAN". He had started his second novel but for some reason never completed it.
I am a fan of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and have devoured four or five of his books. I can't keep up with his prodigious output, so he's on a holding pattern right now. But I will catch up soon. As you may know has an hour Fox News TV show five times a week, called "The O'Reilly Factor" (the highest-rated show on Cable news). I try not to miss it. The hour slips by like five minutes!
George Steiner is an intellectual of the highest order and has written a number of great books and several on the philosopher Martin Heidegger which I consider "must" reading for all. "MARTIN HEIDEGGER" BY Steiner is highly recommended as is "Being and Time" which is a dense and extremely difficult book to understand, but worth the effort!
I’ve recently been drawn into the inner workings of the Mafia via several excellent books. One book, "Mafia Son" by Sandra Harmon, was written by a wife of one of the capo di tutti. Another is "My Life in the Mafia" by Vincent Teresa with Thomas C. Renner. Maybe the most interesting book is "Donnie Brasco". It is a retelling of the story of an undercover cop who joined the Mob for six years before he "came out". It's quite an exciting story and a bit hair raising to say the least, and was made into a well known film with Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. The DVD is available.
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Read Lynn Renee Bayley's piece on Jack for FANFARE magazine at the REVIEWS page! !
Reilly's new Dave Brubeck harmony book is released!
Fans of Brubeck and students of all jazz styles will find this in-depth exploration fascinating and informative.
Songs include: Blues for All * Brandenburg Gate * The Duke * Her Name Is Nancy * Marble Arch * Thank You (Dziekuje) * The Waltz * When I Was Young * and more.
Also includes CD with musical examples!
THE RECENT BRUBECK BOOK REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE
Lynn René Bayley
Throughout the years when the Dave Brubeck Quartet was active, Brubeck himself often came under criticism or, worse yet, was completely dismissed by many jazz musicians (I won’t name names, but they know who they are) as a jazz pianist. He was often considered to be bombastic, heavy-handed, and unswinging. Many were the jazzmen who raved about his alto saxist, Paul Desmond, while dismissing Brubeck as a second-rate jazz player (some even had the audacity to ask Desmond to leave the quartet). Thus Reilly’s book restores Dave Brubeck to the place of prominence that I, and thousands of other fans who did understand music and knew he was good, knew that he rightly deserved and still deserves.
Harmony of Bill Evans Vol. 1 re-released, now with CD!
I Should Care, My Bells, Resurrection (by Jack Reilly) My Funny Valentine, Time Remembered and Peri's Scope.
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FOREWORD by Jan Stevens for "THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS- VOL. 2" Book / CD package
BY JAN R. STEVENS:
The incomparable pianistic innovations of Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) continue to be celebrated by jazz fans, and closely studied by serious musicians worldwide. During his over twenty-five year recording career, he changed the approach to the sound of the piano itself in jazz by his touch, and his attention to pedaling, phrasing and dynamics. His remarkable approach to the possibilities of interplay within the piano-bass-drums trio is well-documented from the late 1950s on. READ THE REST HERE
In Jack Reilly's second volume, he provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Evans' compositions. This book and CD package (only $29.99 USD) includes two important theory chapters (which stand out on their own merits, brilliantly) , plus ten of Evans’ most passionate and melodically gorgeous works. The voicing charts for all ten songs are more complex than in volume one and pianistically more demanding, yet always worth the effort. The subjects of modulation and key relationships that are discussed in each chapter will help the player memorize faster and improvise with more facility; not an easy task when performing Evans' music.
The "Lament for Bill" in chapter 13 is the author's tribute
to the genius of this great artist.
The accompanying CD will add to the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of the written examples. This a powerhouse book that will a prove to be a deep and indispensible experience for pianists of all stylistic persuasions as well as serious Evans fans. There is much to learn and enjoy here!
Songs include: Your Story • Laurie • For Nenette • My Bells • Maxine • Song for Helen • Turn Out the Stars • Very Early • Waltz for Debby • and more!
JAZZ PIANO SOLOS book (revised) by Jack Reilly
just- released book contains inventive, high quality piano arrangemments
of well-known standards and some original pieces, and are for mid-intermediate
and advanced piano students and players.
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Piano Solo Songbook
All The Things You Are (two versions) * Body And Soul
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